I was sitting here pondering the word “Thanksgiving”.
Not the day, not the event, not the history behind it, but the word itself.
Thanksgiving is a compound word: thanks, then giving. The Apostle Paul uses the word (eucharistia) here in the Greek this way:
1 Co 14:16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
This word is where we get “Eucharist” from. Communion! That which is intimate, that which is focused solely on the Lord, alone. I guess what I’m saying is this word (Thanksgiving) for a child of God should be understood ‘separated’ first before we combine the two. Think of it like this: what really have we been given? Personalize it; what have you been given? Who gave it to you, and why? Only then, can we rightfully give thanks, by understanding what was freely given to us. Paul, by the Holy Spirit, places what was given before us, and in return what we should give thanks for.
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Truly, words of Thanksgiving.